Welcome to Weathercraft Winery Kitchen. With vintage 2020 lost to bushfire smoke and everyone now in isolation, we have a lot more time on our hands! So, we decided to get creative and think of ways to share our vineyard and winery with you at home. In this cooking series, Raquel will share some of the Spanish dishes she grew up with. The recipes will be presented in super simple ways for you to try at home.
Possibly, one of the best known Spanish desserts is Crema Catalana. This dish, although served all year round, is a special dish served on Sant Josep (Saint Joseph’s) Day in Spain on the 19 March. The celebration of the conception of Jesus happens to also coincide with Father’s Day in Spain. My Dad did not have a sweet tooth, but I remember him eating this dessert each year on Father’s Day without complaint!
Although this dessert may not seem unique – other countries do serve similar desserts – it holds an important place in Catalan cuisine and for me it is one of their most outstanding. Traditionally, a hand-made iron designed in a spiral shape (see picture below) was heated and used to brown the top of this dessert. Nothing pleases me quite like the sound of the thin, hard layer of burnt sugar across the top of the custard cream, shattering under the weight of my spoon digging into the lusciousness beneath!
You must try this at home. Again, I’ve made it super simple and virtually fail proof!
One thing I will say though is that my recipe calls for cinnamon, and yet in my video I have forgotten to mention or include it!! (*aghast*) Please DON’T do what I did in the video, add the cinnamon, it makes a world of difference to the finished dish.
Recipes will feature a video, troubleshooting tips and recipe variations including plant-based options where possible. I will also offer ideas for matching wines to your dish!
Generally, Spanish recipes use simple ingredients and simple steps, I have gone a step further though and made the recipes in this series even more simple by sharing tips and cheats with you for successful Spanish cooking at home. Your family (and you!) will be applauding your efforts. Let’s begin…
Recipe: Crema Catalana
Yields: 4 large servings, or you can pour into 8 smaller serving dishes
Vegetarian, Gluten-Free [for a vegan version, please see our Spanish Almond Cream recipe, then proceed with step 6 for caramelisation]Read More